NSW BILL GRANTS POLICE WHS POWERS

The NSW Government has introduced WHS amendments that, among many other changes, authorize police to enforce compliance and issue penalty notices. These notices will require gig economy platforms to provide delivery riders with high-visibility personal protective equipment and induction training.

However, the bill also proposes to eliminate the requirement for SafeWork to engage in 'time-consuming and costly tripartite consultation processes' before making 'minor editorial edits' to WHS Codes of Practice.

Several of the reforms outlined in the 17-page Work Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2023, introduced to the NSW Lower House last Wednesday, align with Safe Work Australia's July 2023 revisions to the national model WHS laws.

Source: OHS Alert 21 September

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